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Interning: A Bridge Between Classes and Careers
Kelli Blake is majoring in chemical engineering, and she recently 1 excepted a summer internship with BP, an international energy company, to gain career experience. Some argue against the value of internships, claiming they pay very little and can involve performing 2 boring tasks, yet Kelli feels her internship is critical to helping her discover whether engineering is right for her.
Kelli wants a real-world perspective on information she has gained in her classes. Her internship with a corporate leader is affording her the opportunity to apply her conceptual knowledge to tasks inside a major oil company. She can later add this project to her résumé and portfolio, giving her an edge over other college graduates. 3
4 This safety training will be required of employees traveling to offshore facilities, so she will 5 stand out from other applicants by already being safety certified. “I have a new appreciation for the protocols followed by engineers at refineries,” she states. Kelli believes that gaining new skills and showing she can apply her classroom knowledge to real situations will give her an advantage over her competition should she decide to join BP.
Everyone has 6 their own reason for wanting to become an intern. Kelli has several other reasons behind her decision. 7 For example, Kelli wants to meet people to learn about the variety of careers available, from entry level to senior engineer. She will accomplish all of her intern goals 8 by working on technical projects, attend “lunch and learn” meetings, watching webinars, and shadow coworkers.
What are some further benefits of internships? Besides gaining exposure in the field, Kelli is networking, and the most important person to her now is her mentor, Dan, a senior engineer who can help her grow professionally by answering her questions. Gaining valuable contacts and 9 good role model. These are other reasons she has pursued this internship.
Kelli is now an acting member of a corporate team. She realizes she will be learning a lot about the industry and will benefit from adopting an entirely new vocabulary. She views her internship as an adventure, one in which engineering teams worldwide must work collaboratively and efficiently. 10 It is worth it to give up her summer, Kelli argues, because though she is losing her summer she is doing the job of an actual engineer through her internship.
Moreover, she views the experience as one of the best ways to learn about her field and industry. 11
3. Which choice best supports the central idea of the paragraph?
4. Which choice most effectively establishes the main topic of the paragraph?
11. Using the graphic and the information in the passage, identify the phrase that could be added to the end of the last sentence.
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